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Associates in Dermatology's Best Bets for Family-Friendly Holiday Fun

November 22, 2013

An unknown author once wrote, “I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.” That’s why the beauty and skincare experts at Orlando-based Associates in Dermatology want to make sure you have lots to smile about this holiday season.

Whether you’re a year-round Central Florida resident or a snowbird who’s recently arrived for the winter season, the Orlando area offers lots of fun, family-friendly events. A favorite of Dr. Steppie and his own family is ICE, presented by Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

From now until January 5, a portion of the resort is transformed into a breathtaking winter wonderland complete with amazing ice sculptures hand carved from more than two million pounds of ice. ICE is truly a winter wonderland and an experience that you and your family will never forget. The award winning ICE attraction consists of some of the finest ice sculptures you will ever see. When you venture into the ICE room, kept at a chilly 9 degrees, you and your child will be delighted with the amazing displays.

This year’s theme, Frosty the Snow Man, is sure to please everyone, young and old. Ride the ice slide and take pictures of your favorite pieces. No winter clothes? Not to worry, as toasty parkas are provided for you. ICE has been an Orlando holiday staple for years, but this year, it gets even better.

Gaylord Palms resort and Convention Center is proud to offer new VIP tours. Meet one of the artists and watch how they sculpt their beautiful creations, get a behind the scenes look at how ICE comes together every year, enjoy hot chocolate and much, much more. With this added package, ICE is sure to be a memorable experience for the whole family. After your visit to ICE, be sure to check out the Gaylord Palms Christmas tree and decorations. Also, various performances will take place throughout the holidays. This Holiday season get out of the sun, and experience ICE, a one of a kind event.

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Just as a happy smile lights up your face, another popular holiday event lights up Orlando’s University of Central Florida – literally. Witness the magic of tens of thousands of tiny holiday lights illuminating the area in a live dance of sorts, choreographed to holiday music spun live by a DJ. CFE Credit Union and Carl Black Orlando proudly present Light Up UCF, also running through January 5.

This annual event turns the university campus into a holiday carnival. Spin and twirl, or just glide along, in the 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. If ice skating is not your thing, there is still plenty for you and your family to do at Light up UCF. The CFE Credit Union Ferris Wheel is a definite crowd pleaser as well as the exciting Blizzard Ride. Those with a need for speed will love the Orlando Sanford International Airport Arctic Glide Ice Slide and the little ones in your group will spend hours of enjoyment in Coca-Cola’s Santa’s Workshop. If you’re a movie lover, take in a selection at the Holiday Film Festival free of charge, courtesy of Sea World. Oh, and despite the fact that we’re in sunny Florida, it’s snowing every night of Light Up UCF.

If so much activity is not for you, simply seeing the light show will be worth making the trip to Light up UCF. Best of all, Ticket prices vary, depending on what events and attraction you wish to try, but all aspects of Light up UCF are affordable for even the largest families.

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From the Steppie family and Associates in Dermatology staff, we wish you a happy, healthy and beautiful holiday season!

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